Into the first instance, it is important to distinguish between planning and a plan.
Planning is an ongoing process, from the time you get the essay title to whenever you submit your final draft.
An agenda is a physical outline for the way you would like to conceptualise, structure and present your thinking.
At this point it is time to write your first plan. However, try not to stop doing research yet. You will want to?
|keep in mind that a strategy is just that—a plan. It could be modified you might discover some different perspectives or issues you hadn’t previously anticipated after you do more research.|
Example: Developing an essay plan after research (linear style)
Title: “Chocolate is a healthy and balanced food.” Discuss.
Context for paper – popularity of chocolate.
Issue – whether chocolate is a healthy food is questionable.
Thesis – chocolate may be enjoyable but not healthy.
Scope – (only 4 aspects are covered here to keep the example short)
|Positive:||Can positively effect on mood|
|Positive:||Possible healthy benefits for cardiovascular system|
|Negative:||Chocolate can be seen as a drug rather than a food|
|Negative:||Potential correlation between over-consumption of chocolate and obesity|
Paragraph 1 with possible sources
Ways in which chocolate can impact positively on mood. ‘Feel good effect’ – Parker, Parker and Brotchie (2006), Scholey and Owen (2013), Macht and Dettmer (2006) and Macht and Mueller (2007).
Could be the chocolate and improved mood scenario measurable/transient? Parker, Parker and Brotchie (2006) – chocolate mood effects usually do not last. Macht and Dettmer (2006) – anticipation effect and much more studies needed.
Possible benefits of chocolate on cardiovascular health – how much/what type(s) of chocolate have benefit? (Sources had a need to help answer these questions.)
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